From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, to his searching solo projects, Julian Argüelles has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British & European jazz musicians. His compositions have been described as supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliché free. His recordings, as a leader, compositions and arrangements have earned him highest accolades internationally with wide critical acclaim and awards. He has become hugely influential to a new generation of European jazz musicians and continues to be amongst the most in-demand musicians, composers, arrangers and educators. Julian was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for RBC (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) for services to music in 2017.
Julian’s South African Tribute, Let it be Told (Basho Records 2015), won Best CD in the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. His own recent CDs include Setembro with Mario Laginha & Helge Norbakken (Edition Records), “Tetra” with Juian’s regular quartet and “Circularity” (CamJazz label) which featured Dave Holland on bass, the late John Taylor piano and Martin France drums received international acclaim. To date Julian has released 14 CDs as a leader and will release his 15th in July 2018, “Tonadas” with his Quartet Tetra (Edition Records).
Julian held the saxophone position with the Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band in Frankfurt, from 2006 to 2010. He is regularly invited back with his own projects. He has recorded two CDs with the HR; “Momenta” under his own name - where he was commissioned to write all compositions (released 2009 on Basho Records) and the Award winning Let it be Told, where he was asked to arrange the music of South African Blue Notes (released April 2015 on Basho). He was also commissioned by pan European trio, Phronesis, to arrange their music for the 10th anniversary of the band. This has subsequently been recorded with the HR in Frankfurt released as “The Behemoth” on Edition Records.
As a composer; Julian writes for his own ensembles and big band. Recent commissions include 8 arrangements for the Aarhus Jazz Ochestra in Denmark with South African acapella group iComplete and Dancer Lulu Mlangeli for performance in July 2017. Past commissions include; HR Frankfurt Radio Big Band, NDR (North German Radio Big Band), Apollo Saxophone Quartet, with his octet (by Birmingham Jazz and BBC Radio 3), the National, Walsall and Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestras, The Fenland Youth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Academy Of Music. In 1999 Julian was the recipient of the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Award from the USA and in 2011-12 Julian was composer in Residence at the Luzern Jazz School, Switzerland.